Our dining tables can easily become center stage for every tchotchke we have laying around the house—mismatched candle votives, obscure objets, flowers, foliage, a rogue stack of papers, etc.— (all which we totally love—except the papers—who doesn't love a collected table?) but sometimes the art of restraint can be just as intriguing. Walt Whitman once mused that, "Simplicity is the glory of expression," and what better way to exercise your self-expression than through an artfully executed (and subdued) tablescape? We hope these nine quietly bold scenes inspire your next dinner party.
Above: The art of less is more is something taught and lived by at Brooklyn styling atelier SundaySuppers. These pros often use herbs and hors d'oeuvres as the main attraction on their tablescapes, which are both fragrant and delicious.
This table spotted on Domino reminds us that less can be so much more. Employing different sized glassware dotted with wildflowers atop a crisp white tablecloth makes for quite a statement.
Amy Kim is the clever craftswoman behind inspired interiors blog Homey Oh My, in which she encourages readers to embrace all things modern and minimal. Here, her DIY speckled placemats are the perfect canvas to a serenely modern table setting, accompanied by brushed gold flatware and a single rose.
Simple and to the point: This table setting by Copenhagen design site Stylizimo does double duty, using a guest's water glass as a prop for seat assignments.
Lauren Conrad is pretty much the queen of simple-chic. Here, she used petite cutting boards as each guest's plate and simple greens that anchor a test-tube bud vase with one flower in each. Perfection!
Speaking to the essence of simplicity, Wedding Sparrow layered a single vine with a strand of twinkle lights that cast a glow down the center of the table. Paired with brushed gold flatware, rose-tinted goblets and oyster shells that serve as salt dishes, this tablescape whispers booming style notes.
It's easy to get carried away with holiday decor, but this image from Domino proves you don't need much to drive the point home.
Simple doesn't have to mean devoid of color. Kelli Hall subscribes to a less is more mantra with a little punch when putting together her picture-worthy tablescapes.
Taking cues from Bungalow 5, it's apparent that layering can translate into a simple and sophisticated table-setting.
Love the look of these but want something a little more festive? Click through to see 10 out-of-the-box maximalist table setting ideas.